Title: Water for an integrative climate paradigm

 

Author: Juraj Kohutiar, Michal Kravcik

 

Addresses:
NGO People and Water, 24 Cermelska Road, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia.
NGO People and Water, 24 Cermelska Road, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia

 

Journal: Int. J. of Water, 2010 Vol.5, No.4, pp.298 - 310

 

Abstract: By the logic of the New Water Paradigm (NWP), it is deforestation, industrial agriculture, and urbanisation that determine climate by draining land, so that more solar energy re-enters the atmosphere as sensible heat, rather than latent heat of evaporation. Human-made 'hot plates' lead to irregular precipitation and other climate destabilisation effects, but these can be mitigated through rainwater conservation and re-vegetation. This integrative paradigm combines the management of climate, water, biodiversity, and land, with implications for agriculture, forestry, engineering, urban design and regional planning.

 

Keywords: hydrology; deforestation; urbanisation; desertification; climate change; land management; water cycle; evapotranspiration; integrative climate paradigm; rainwater conservation; re-vegetation.

 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJW.2010.038725

 

 

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